Saudi Arabia has not yet announced the results of a committee of inquiry into the 2015 Mina swarm, says the head of the Iranian Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization, stressing that Tehran is still pressing Riyadh over the rights of those involved in the tragedy have lost their lives.
“A committee of inquiry has been set up to restore the rights of the Iranian pilgrims, but Saudi Arabia has not yet communicated the result of the committee of inquiry to Iran,” said Alireza Rashidian on the occasion of the 6th anniversary of the incident.
On September 24, 2015, thousands of people were killed in the fatal onslaught in Mina, Saudi Arabia, after the Saudi authorities blocked a street in Mina during a ritual, forcing large crowds of pilgrims to clash.
The crush was the deadliest incident in the history of the pilgrimage. Saudi Arabia reported that nearly 770 people were killed two days after the incident, but never updated the number.
More than 2,400 pilgrims were killed in the incident, according to an Associated Press count based on official statements from 36 countries that lost citizens in the disaster.
Most of the victims came from Iran. The tragedy was one of a series of events that led to the severance of diplomatic relations between Tehran and Riyadh.
Rashidian said in light of the Mina tragedy and similar incidents in Saudi Arabia, Muslim nations should form an organization to administer the Hajj rituals in order to avoid similar incidents, but with the sovereignty of the Saudi government in mind.
As early as September 2016, the leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, urged the Muslim world to reconsider the conduct of the Hajj because of the mismanagement in Riyadh.
Also on Saturday, the head of the Iranian Martyrs and Veterans Affairs Foundation said the Saudi government had proven incompetent in the Mina tragedy.
“The legal aspects of these crimes must be prosecuted and the perpetrators must pay compensation,” said Amir-Hossein Qazizadeh-Hashemi at a meeting that was attended by the families of the martyrs of the Mina incident.
“The Legal Department of the Martyrs and Veterans Affairs Foundation must legally record and document this crime in international forums,” added Qazizadeh-Hashemi.